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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

dcw3 Re:LOL ... (360 comments)

You're right, I can't find any in my plan that can do a better blow job.

11 hours ago
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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

dcw3 Re:How the west wasn't won (194 comments)

NASA doesn't have to compete, or show a ROI. NASA doesn't have to be accountable to anyone (except congress...ha, ha, ha!). NASA doesn't have to hire the brightest minds.

yesterday
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

dcw3 Re:*sigh* (351 comments)

So, I've also read more resumes, and interviewed more people than I can count. When you see a poorly written resume, but it contains all of the qualifications you require, what do you do? In our case, it depends on what we're looking for. If it's heavy design work, we'll want someone who's a good communicator, and I might not give the resume a second look. But, we do have a place for the occasional geeky savant, who doesn't play well with others. As long as they can meet the milestones they're given, without annoying anyone else, I'm for giving them a place too.

2 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

dcw3 Re:*sigh* (351 comments)

Yup, and why was that? The company I work for even hired housewives as part time coders back in the 70s-80s. One went on the be an engineering director. Was that the ideal path? No. And if there had been enough CS majors around back then, she probably would never have had the opportunity. I'm all for a well rounded education (as in, everyone should get one), but there's precious little that's going to be directly applicable to the job you do later.

2 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

dcw3 Re:*sigh* (351 comments)

So, you're arguing for diversity, and I'm not talking about how the word is flung around these days (meaning racial diversity), but about a diversity of ideas. And, while I'm in favor of some of that, there's a time and place to brainstorm, and then there's often much more time when you go about the business of doing what your work using "best practices". I'd argue that the time for diversity is a relatively small portion of that time, and that you also wouldn't hire equal numbers of CS grads and others to get a mix. You'd more likely look for some out-of-the-box thinker, and then as time went on, look to see what kind of ROI you got on that investment.

2 days ago
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Drones On Demand

dcw3 I Wish I Had One for Revenuers (49 comments)

With the police out in force on Easter Sunday, I'm sure their purpose was to make us all safer. I saw no less than six vehicles pulled over in under an hour. Now, I'd be fine with this if they were pulling over those who were drifting aimlessly as they chatted, texted, read the paper, etc., or those who tailgated. But, it's way too easy to obtain their quotas by nabbing the people who break the "nine your fine, ten your mine" rule.

3 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

dcw3 Re:Rewarding the bullies... (797 comments)

Not sure where you went to school, but I accidentally (forgot it was there) carried a pocket knife into back in the 60s, and was booted.

about a week ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

dcw3 Re:Good (631 comments)

So, every time someone dies, the estate should check with the IRS? Get a grip.

about two weeks ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

dcw3 Re:vote GOP and your student loans will come out o (631 comments)

Yes, it's a vast right (and left) wing conspiracy. *cough* *cough* *BULLSHIT* *cough*

Disclaimer: I don't like corporate money or lobbying in politics, and the concept that companies are people is pure BS as well.

about two weeks ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

dcw3 Re:Flat tax - IRS severely downsized (631 comments)

Unless you're talking about taxes that are not income tax, your comment is blatantly incorrect. In fact, there's a large portion of our population that pays no income tax, and I'm not talking about the 1%ers. You'll hear crap in the media where someone who's wealthy paid less, and it's typically misleading because it was the percentage they paid that was less, not the amount. This works great for getting people riled up, just like most everything the media "reports" these days.

about two weeks ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

dcw3 Re:And they've already stopped (631 comments)

And yet, many people call the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion a loophole.

about two weeks ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

dcw3 Re:And they've already stopped (631 comments)

Interest still matters? Where do you invest?

Seriously though, I agree with you conceptually. However, a large portion of the population isn't very self-disciplined, and prefers getting a refund. You can lead the horse to water, but...

about two weeks ago
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Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

dcw3 Re:There's no one I would call progressive today (133 comments)

Interesting. I'll agree with you that they don't compare. I'll disagree regarding the right wing's answer, and counter that Grayson was making shit up for political fodder. I'll also disagree that they own the media...and are far from it, but then maybe your definition of "right wing" differs from mine.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

dcw3 Re:This is how America ceases to be great (133 comments)

I'd like to challenge your use of the word progressives here. How do they compare to those you would call progressive today?

about two weeks ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

dcw3 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

You need to consider the availability of qualified candidates, and that goes back to the ratio of how many men/women enter the specific career field. Currently, in the U.S. women graduates with engineering degrees are below 20% of all graduates. So, is it up to hiring managers to still make 50% of their workforce women? I don't thinks so, but my company is pushing for that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

dcw3 Re:"Low Cost" (630 comments)

Okay, well your original comment didn't say anything about battleship artillery, and I'll agree that there's nothing similar for shore bombardment anymore. With respect to ship to ship, your comment didn't hold water.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

dcw3 Re:Aiming and targeting? (630 comments)

Really? Care to name a time since Vietnam when USAF has done that?

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

dcw3 Re:Aiming and targeting? (630 comments)

Depends. How far can your target move in that time. Likely, less than a mile, and since ships don't turn on a dime, they're highly likely to be proceeding on a vector over the coarse of the projectile's flight. So, just like duck hunting, you aim in front of them appropriately, only with computers doing the math for you.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

dcw3 Re:"Low Cost" (630 comments)

The navy no longer uses cannons/guns for ship to ship or ship to shore? Guess they should remove the two 30mm guns from the Littoral then. Oh, and what's that on the DDX?...oh yes, a 155mm "Advanced Gun System".

about two weeks ago
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Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

dcw3 Re:Posts like these (146 comments)

Funny. You care enough to post. Maybe, unlike many of us here, you didn't cut your teeth on it, and it's not of interest to you. But, unlike you, I had my first programming class in high school in the early 70s, and have fond memories of acoustic modems, hooked to teletypes, and punching out our programs on the paper tape unit attached to them. Maybe you'd consider those of us from that era to be dinosaurs. I have one thing to say to that...get the fuck off my lawn whippersnapper!

about two weeks ago

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dcw3 dcw3 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

So, who the hell wants to read this scrawl of mine, or that of any other unknown netizen? Why on earth would I want to put my random thoughts down here? Is this space really just a blog for my amusement? And just exactly how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie-Pop?...the world may never know! OOPS...http://www.answerbag.com/q_view.php/443

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